15 Disney Park Facts You Probably Didn't Know

15 Disney Park Facts You Probably Didn't Know

Everybody loves Disney. But do you know it as well as you think you do?

1. There was originally supposed to be a ‘mythical beast’ section of Animal Kingdom.

The idea was scrapped early on, and we were given the traditional attractions we see today. Hence the not-so-random dragon hidden in the logo.

2. There are over 300 animals carved in the Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom.

3. The tree also has over 8,000 branches and over 102,000 leaves, each leaf being over a foot long.

It's a BIG tree.

4. In all Disney Parks, there is a trash can every thirty steps.

Through careful research, our magical friends decided that’s how long it takes someone to walk with around with garbage before they succumb to littering.

5. Cinderella's Castle in Magic Kingdom appears to be made of stone bricks when in fact it is made mostly of fiberglass and gypsum plaster.

One woman learned that the hard way when she unwittingly filed a lawsuit against the park claiming a brick from the castle fell on her head. In court, the Imagineers put her in her place, bringing a piece of the soft plaster with them to court, proving that her claim was impossible.

6. Water is free everywhere in Walt Disney World; all you have to do is ask for a cup at any food vendor.

As it should be.

7. The Hollywood Tower of Terror stands at a staggering 199 feet tall.

The only reason it is not 200 feet tall is to prevent the building from having to have blinking red lights per aviation regulation.

8. Coca-Cola is the official soda of Disney Parks. If you want a pop, be prepared for solely Coke products.

Not a Pepsi in sight.

9. As you exit the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom, you see a pet cemetery hidden in plain sight. Among the tombstones, there is a little bronze statue of forgotten Disney character, Mr. Toad.

The memorial was erected in dedication to a Disney World favorite, Mr.Toad’s Wild Ride, which closed in 1998.

10. Mr. Toad also makes an appearance in the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, after it closed, was transformed into the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride. At the beginning of the attraction, there is a painting in which you can see Mr. Toad handing over the deed to Owl, symbolically giving his ride to the new characters.

11. Walt Disney World plans to open a section of Animal Kingdom devoted entirely to a real-life version of ‘Pandora – the World of Avatar’ in 2017.

12. The fastest ride in all of Walt Disney World is Test Track in Epcot.

It reaches a whopping sixty-five miles per hour.

13. There is said to be the ghost of an Imagineer named George, who supposedly tragically passed away while constructing the ride, that haunts the Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom.

14. There are secret underground tunnels underneath Walt Disney World.

In the bowels of the park, the Disney Utilidor system stretches for miles upon miles and contain break rooms for the cast members, large dressing rooms, garbage chutes, and other magical treasures.

15. The pet cat shown at the beginning of the Carousel of Progress eventually 'dies' in the story, very subtly during the past.

As with the other characters, you see the animals age throughout the time periods. At the end of the ride, the family receives a new kitten for Christmas.

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10 Rupi Kaur Quotes To Help you Deal With Any Situation

"Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." -Rumi

Rupi Kaur made her debut with milk and honey, becoming a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Despite the fact her poetry was everywhere, I never read the book.

But this Christmas, my old roommate and best friend, Izzy, surprised me with a little gift. I immediately knew it would be a book when she handed me the wrapped rectangle.

Izzy knew once she read milk and honey how much I would enjoy Rupi Kaur's work. When I unwrapped this gift and saw her second collection of poetry, the sun and her flowers, I was elated.

I blazed through the collection in an hour, absorbed by the beauty and power of her words. Kaur's brilliant poems have a way of captivating every thought and evoking raw emotion from any reader.

So without any further ado, here are 10 quotes from the sun and her flowers to help you deal with any situation.

1. Dealing with loss

"it isn't what we left behind

that breaks me

it's what we could've built

had we stayed"

2. Struggling with jealousy

"learning to not envy

someone else's blessing

is what grace looks like"

3. Moving on from someone

"you ask

if we can still be friends

i explain how a honeybee

does not dream of kissing

the mouth of a flower

and then settle for its leaves

- i don't need more friends"

4. Holding onto anger

"wish pure love and soft peace

upon the ones

who've been unkind to you

and keep moving forward

- this will free you both"

5. Recognizing your own power

"what's the greatest lesson a woman should learn?

that since day one. she's already had everything

she needs within herself. it's the world that

convinced her she did not."

6. Feeling inferior to those around you

"i will no longer

compare my path to others

- i refuse to do a disservice to my life"

7. Being self-critical

"the universe took its time on you

crafted you to offer the world

something different from everyone else

when you doubt

how you were created

you doubt an energy greater than us both


8. Experiencing dissatisfaction with life

"when snow falls

i long for grass

when grass frows

i walk all over it

when leaves change color

i beg for flowers

when flowers bloom

i pick them


9. Handling something coming to a close

"why is it

that when the story ends

we begin to feel all of it"

10. Making the most of things

"despite knowing

they won't be here for long

they still choose to live

their brightest lives

- sunflowers"

These simply deliberate words are profoundly powerful when you take a moment to think about what is being said. Kaur is wise beyond her years, and we all should take some time to appreciate her work. the sun and her flowers not only reignited my love for poetry, but it taught me how to take on this world with a greater sense of compassion for myself and for others.

Cover Image Credit: Gerome Bruneau

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To The Person Who Has Finally Found Their Way

It's about time.

The start was all wrong. You find yourself saying “if only I could go back and change this, maybe things would be different.” In reality, we all know that’s not possible.

Bad things were happening, parents divorcing or losing a loved one. Things couldn’t get any worse for that situation, and then you’re out of money because you had to pay the bills. You lost your job the next day.

And then, things got better.

You kept your head down and kept on trucking along, carrying all that weight with you. You made changes here and there, getting a new job and cutting toxic people from your life. You started putting yourself and your needs first. You set goals for yourself, and stretched yourself thin to reach them.

And now, you’ve made it. Finally.

After all these hardships, after all of the crap you had to go through, you are able to make a name for yourself in this world. Things are finally looking up for you in the best way.

You met a cute person at that café the other day. You might call them, if they don’t have Tinder. You have a nice job, one that you actually enjoy going to and working overtime for.

Some people would say, “Well that’s nothing compared to what I went through…” But that’s not what matters. This is not a competition of “who had it worse” but instead a proud showcasing of how you managed to make something out of nothing.

And now, you move along.

Conquering the world, or city, at your leisure.

Glancing back, you may question how you even survived. Let that fuel you to do even better things in your future endeavors.

If you begin to doubt yourself for even just a moment, don’t. Half of the people who were in a similar situation as you didn’t have the strength to get up and keep moving.

As I grew up, I would do this visual form of self-reflection. I’d go into a room with a mirror and look at myself. I’d close my eyes and think of a time when I was even younger, maybe less than 10-years-old. I’d think of what I was doing at that age, at that time. Gradually working back up to the current day, I’d reflect on all that physical, mental, emotional growth I’ve accomplished in my short time here. And eventually, I’d open my eyes and look at that person in the mirror. I would smile at myself, as if to say “Thank you for reminding me of what was and recognizing what is.”

We don’t know what lies ahead, where we’ll be or what will happen. But what matters is that in the here and now, you are doing the best you can. And when that day comes when you don’t know where to go or what to do, look in the mirror and reflect.

In the words of St. Jerome, “The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”

Cover Image Credit: Ronald Saunders's flickr

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